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Marvel's 'Damage Control' Coming to Television

ABC has ordered a pilot for the half hour comedy.

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Earlier this week, we discussed one of Marvel's under-utilized teams: Damage Control. The gods of television must have been listening because according to Deadline, Damage Control is getting their own television show on ABC.

This half an hour, live-action comedy series received a pilot commitment from ABC and is being developed for TV by Ben Karlin, formally of Daily Show and Colbert Report. The show will follow the team of overworked and underpaid clean up crew from the Marvel universe who has to deal with the aftermath of all these gigantic battles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Karlin will write the script for the pilot. He will also executive produce alongside David Miner and Jeph Loeb.

We'll keep you updated as more develops about this project.

Want to learn more about Damage Control? Check out our recent piece about them: 'Damage Control' is One of Marvel's Best and Most Under-Utilized Concepts

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Wow... weird timing

Did you know about this Mr. Elfring?

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Somebody at Comic Vine is psychic....

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they are printing money

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Wow... weird timing

Did you know about this Mr. Elfring?

Completely coincidental. However, I'd like to believe that Disney is making decisions based on our articles.

Here comes a piece about X-Men 2099.....

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@inferiorego: That's crazy... say, hows bout doin an article on my ol pal Wonder Man and why he's awesome? :)

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Oh boy, this will go head on with DC'S Show.

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Sounds good. Is it live action or animated?

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Wow... weird timing

This. That being said I'm cool with this always thought the concept was cool so I'm open to it.

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@mk5 said:

Sounds good. Is it live action or animated?

This half an hour, live-action comedy series received a pilot commitment from ABC and is being developed for TV by Ben Karlin, formally of Daily Show and Colbert Report. The show will follow the team of overworked and underpaid clean up crew from the Marvel universe who has to deal with the aftermath of all these gigantic battles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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OMG YES!!

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@inferiorego: Talks about Damage Control almost on a weekly basis so it's not that surprising a tv show is announced at the same time :P

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Good that they discover that super heroes are not necessarily action and have to be treated as cop show with greener screens.

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@inferiorego: Talks about Damage Control almost on a weekly basis so it's not that surprising a tv show is announced at the same time :P

Pfft! I've only written about them once though.

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@theexile285: They're literally doing the same premise

http://www.comicvine.com/articles/dc-comics-develops-workplace-comedy-pilot-for-nbc/1100-153229/

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@mk5 said:

Sounds good. Is it live action or animated?

This half an hour, live-action comedy series received a pilot commitment from ABC and is being developed for TV by Ben Karlin, formally of Daily Show and Colbert Report. The show will follow the team of overworked and underpaid clean up crew from the Marvel universe who has to deal with the aftermath of all these gigantic battles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Opps sorry. I think I read it as "action comedy" both times I looked.

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Also coming soon: a show about peter parker before he was spiderman, a show about arnim zola, a show about pepper pots that iron man wont be in, a show about that kid from ironmam 3 who was annoying, and lastly a show about what betty ross has been up to but wont be included in anything else.

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Not interested in it primarily because of the creators. I can already see the type of show and humor they'll go with. Not interested which is a shame because otherwise I would be into it.

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@the_stegman said:

@theexile285: They're literally doing the same premise

http://www.comicvine.com/articles/dc-comics-develops-workplace-comedy-pilot-for-nbc/1100-153229/

Yah, uhh copycat much? I will say the only thing that would separate this this is connected to the MCU and they are specifically cleaning up different major battles that have already happened in the MCU. I would like the powerless series to be connected to the Flash & Arrowverse or the DC Expanded Universe(movies).

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Oh wow that might be something else on my MCU bucket list.....

Fin Fang Foom

M.O.D.O.C.K.

Howard the Duck

Squirrel-Girl

Badroc the Leaper

NEXTwave

Damage Control

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Meh, this could go either way (not based off the source material but off of the creators) ill give it an ep or 2

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@mettlekm said:

they are printing money

Marvel must have a lot of money to burn we are getting a lot of product from them. They are supposed to be moving forward with the Agents of Shield Spin Off Show: Marvel's Most Wanted.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/marvel-mockingbird-spinoff-series-most-wanted-adrianne-palicki-nick-blood-abc-1201574713/

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I think Marvel listens to Comic Vine podcast!

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@lukehero said:

@the_stegman said:

@theexile285: They're literally doing the same premise

http://www.comicvine.com/articles/dc-comics-develops-workplace-comedy-pilot-for-nbc/1100-153229/

Yah, uhh copycat much? I will say the only thing that would separate this this is connected to the MCU and they are specifically cleaning up different major battles that have already happened in the MCU. I would like the powerless series to be connected to the Flash & Arrowverse or the DC Expanded Universe(movies).

So what you're saying is that Marvel is copying DC who copied Marvel's idea?

@lukehero said:
@mettlekm said:

they are printing money

Marvel must have a lot of money to burn we are getting a lot of product from them. They are supposed to be moving forward with the Agents of Shield Spin Off Show: Marvel's Most Wanted.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/marvel-mockingbird-spinoff-series-most-wanted-adrianne-palicki-nick-blood-abc-1201574713/

Sort of makes sense though if AOS is going the more super route with Inhumans that leaves the more spy oriented stuff open.

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yessssssssssss love it Also can't wait for the DC show also

~MiB

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@feartheliving: The comic is so obscure, I doubt DC copied them. I don't think Marvel copied either by making the show, both have a lot of potential.

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@feartheliving: The comic is so obscure, I doubt DC copied them. I don't think Marvel copied either by making the show, both have a lot of potential.

I don't think they did I either, and I agree I think both could end up being fun.

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@feartheliving: The comic is so obscure, I doubt DC copied them. I don't think Marvel copied either by making the show, both have a lot of potential.

Well obviously Marvel had the comic first I guess, but the fact that the shows are coming out around the same time? I'm sorry I don't believe in coincidence on that level. Yes I think Marvel got wind of DC's show and said "Huh hell we got this product already to go and we can connect ours to the MCU. YOLO!!! Give the green light!!!"

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@feartheliving: Yes I am gonna support Marvel's Most Wanted. Cause Mockingbird is baby mama material and I like the MCU.

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@lukehero said:
@the_stegman said:

@feartheliving: The comic is so obscure, I doubt DC copied them. I don't think Marvel copied either by making the show, both have a lot of potential.

Well obviously Marvel had the comic first I guess, but the fact that the shows are coming out around the same time? I'm sorry I don't believe in coincidence on that level. Yes I think Marvel got wind of DC's show and said "Huh hell we got this product already to go and we can connect ours to the MCU. YOLO!!! Give the green light!!!"

Naw I feel like they've been wanting to do Damage Control for a while it's been referenced in the movies, on the animated shows, and in the games.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damage_Control_(comics)#In_other_media

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@feartheliving: Yes I know it's been in the games and tv shows(cartoons). I saw the episode of Spiderman Unlimited where there is a direct story line tied into Damage Control.

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That doesn't mean they were going to green light this. I find it hard to believe that suddenly they want to do their show right as DC is about to do theirs as a pure coincidence. Copycat movies or TV Shows are pretty common in Hollywood I can only summarize it's because someone gets wind of someone doing an idea and the competition says"Hey we can do that and make it better".

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@lukehero: It may have helped greenlight the project but I feel like Damage Control was always on the table for them.

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@lukehero said:

@the_stegman said:

@theexile285: They're literally doing the same premise

http://www.comicvine.com/articles/dc-comics-develops-workplace-comedy-pilot-for-nbc/1100-153229/

Yah, uhh copycat much? I will say the only thing that would separate this this is connected to the MCU and they are specifically cleaning up different major battles that have already happened in the MCU. I would like the powerless series to be connected to the Flash & Arrowverse or the DC Expanded Universe(movies).

actually DC has been trying to develop the show for years now

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@birdman400: Yeah, which is why I said Marvel is copying...

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@lukehero said:

@birdman400: Yeah, which is why I said Marvel is copying...

my bad ,I read that wrong

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@lukehero: Okay well since he isn't going to respond, do you have a link to how long Powerless was in development for?

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YES YES YES

THIS IS WHAT MY HEART WANTED, THANK YOU

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@inferiorego: Hello. Please do an article on how great Y The Last Man would be an amazing show. If you don't like y the last man, no prob I got a list of other comics that would be great as shows

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@lukehero said:

@feartheliving: I'll look for it and post it(if I can find it).

Thank you. Tried finding it myself but just find articles relating to when it was officially announced..there isn't even a wiki page for it.

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@skyroid said:

@inferiorego: Hello. Please do an article on how great Y The Last Man would be an amazing show. If you don't like y the last man, no prob I got a list of other comics that would be great as shows

Pretty sure Matt hates Y The Last Man he's said that multiple times on the podcast. :P

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@feartheliving: I just scrolled though 10 different articles including IGN, deen of geek, screencrush, ew, and a few others. I couldn't find it.

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@skyroid said:

@inferiorego: Hello. Please do an article on how great Y The Last Man would be an amazing show. If you don't like y the last man, no prob I got a list of other comics that would be great as shows

Pretty sure Matt hates Y The Last Man he's said that multiple times on the podcast. :P

Right after I wrote this piece, I swore off it forever! :p

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The only way I see this show working on a conceptual level is as a standalone product separate from the MCU, as it stands right now there just isn't enough super human city wrecking violence in the MCU to warrant a company like Damage Control.

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